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Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
As part of the county’s Vision Zero initiative Arlington has proposed lowering speed limits near schools to 20 mph. We think it’s a great start to achieving VZ. But the county will need to do more to reach its #VisionZeroARL goal by 2030.

Representing local advocacy group Arlington Families for Safe Streets, Gillian Burgess voiced her support for the program during the meeting.
“Slower speeds around schools are not only great for the safety of vulnerable road users, but it also encourages activity, which addresses both child health and health equity,” she said. “It improves air quality and noise pollution around schools… and it promotes mental health and social inclusion.”
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Students in Arlington had a great time promoting Walk & Bike to School Day with help from our friends at WalkArlington and BikeArlington. Good to see the Ashlawn Eagle out and about too. #VisionZeroARL 🚶🏾‍♀️ 🚴 🚶‍♂️ 🚴 🚶🏾‍♀️ 🚴 🚶‍♂️ 🚴
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
NoVA FSS and its Alexandria and Arlington FSS Chapter appreciate the opportunity to talk to Rep Don Beyer about the escalation of traffic fatalities even as the number of vehicles on the road declined due to COVID-19. Thank you Rep Don Beyer for agreeing to co-sponsor H. Res. 565 – Zero Traffic Deaths.

We also appreciated the opportunity to discuss S. Res. 321 – Zero Traffic Deaths with Senator Kaine’s and Senator Warner’s staff. We are hopeful that both Senators will co-sponsor S. Res 321.
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Check out this video on the new Montgomery County Walking School Bus program and the Arlington Public Schools Walking School Bus program run by Arlington Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program. #VisionZeroARL #SafeRoutesToSchool
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
The Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets chapters and our Near Miss app made the news. Since the start of the pandemic pedestrian and bicyclist crashes are up because less traffic allows drivers to go faster and speed is always a factor in crashes. Near misses also are up from pre-pandemic levels. Please slow down, watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, and watch the video.
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Arlington's Families for Safe Streets
Here’s a new series of videos created by Federal Highway Administration FHWA and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration NHTSA entitled, Understanding Crashes and Safe Behaviors to Help Prevent Them. The crash video series portrays common situations that lead to a crash between a driver and a pedestrian or bicyclist. The videos show the crash from each road user perspective, and offers actions for avoiding the crash. Illustrating these scenarios and demonstrating how they unfold may help road users better anticipate and apply safe behaviors to these scenarios when driving, walking, and biking.

https://www.pedbikeinfo.org/resources/resources_details.cfm?id=5313

Register for a free in-person training Oct. 21 on how to respond in emergency situations until help arrives. Having basic skills on how to help someone who's hurt can be invaluable if you witness a crash. Registration information here: https://t.co/LYlNcVlbte https://t.co/LFjm44Q9hj

Show me one person on a bike rolling through a stop sign and I’ll show you 100 drivers speeding in an elementary school zone.

Over 40,000 people die in crashes each year in the US - the equivalent to a regional plane going down every day. Why do we accept this and continue to blame people walking when in fact it's our roadways that invite speeding and reckless behavior and disinvite safe walking?

@ArlingtonVA School Slow Zones Demonstration Project coming to an @APSVirginia school near you... County to Consider Lower Speeds on Residential Streets Near Schools https://t.co/nRxqf8UBUa 👮🏼🚍🚶🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♀️🧑🏼‍🦽
Thanks @ArlingtonDES @ArlingtonVaPD @arlsafestreets